Acupuncture Course for Dentists

Skill level: BeginnerCPD hours: 100 hours

Course details

Delivered by Dr. Carl Clarkson, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an active researcher, this foundation course is specifically tailored to Dentists. A unique blend of online and face-to-face teaching ensures that course delegates will use acupuncture and dry needling as part of their everyday practice safely, confidently and effectively.

We have been a globally trusted, 5-star rated, needling education provider for over 10 years, and we invite you to join us on our upcoming courses. Any questions, please get in touch directly with Dr. Carl Clarkson on, +(44)191 243 0770 or book direct on this page!

Dr Carl Clarkson

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For Dentists to be safe, confident and effective in the application of acupuncture for the benefit of acute & persistent pain and wellbeing.

  • To implement safe & effective needling techniques, throughout the body
  • To create targeted needling protocols for the benefit of pain & wellbeing
  • To appraise & synthesise the evidence base alongside clinical experience
  • To adopt a pragmatic approach to clinical reasoning for needling interventions, that compliment your existing skills

With comprehensive study materials provided both during the online and face-to-face components of the course, you will receive a fully evidence-based approach to the implementation of acupuncture, allowing you to make fully informed decisions on how and when to introduce acupuncture into your client’s care package.

You’ll discover the large body of prominent, pertinent and up-to-date evidence supporting the use of acupuncture, whilst at the same time developing your needling skills so that you can provide dramatic results for your clients, offering them the complete package of pain relief and wellbeing.

More specifically, you will be able to demonstrate the following needling skills and theoretical knowledge:

  • Effective needling techniques upon the head and face, ear and four limbs
  • A sound understanding of contemporary pain physiology
  • Suitable identification of prominent and commonly used acupoints
  • An understanding of contra-indications, precautions and potential side effects of acupuncture and dry needling
  • Safe application of needling at all times
  • Effective management of needling side effects

With theoretical knowledge and application considered from both a Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, this course takes you through a large number of applications and techniques, allowing you to confidently apply acupuncture for the treatment of acute and persistent pain, as well as for stress & anxiety, temporomandibular disorder, facial neuralgias, burning mouth syndrome, facial palsy, gagging and xerostomia.

Dentists who use acupuncture do so as an alternative to invasive interventions and medication, and as an approach to allow more traditional dentistry to take place where pain, anxiety or gagging may impede a procedure. This course is designed for Dentists looking to offer a more complete package of treatment options for pain relief and wellbeing to their clients, whilst also wanting to expand their clinical knowledge and advance their own career and professional development.

Unique Blend Of Online & Face To Face

Carefully curated online content, both before and after the face-to-face component, allows you to access high quality education whenever and wherever you want, helping to reduce accommodation costs for those of you needing to travel to the face-to-face component, whilst also providing you the option to revisit theory in an engaging format, whenever and wherever suits you best.

Fully Evidence-Based Approach

Expert research knowledge is combined with practical, clinically relevant teaching to ensure you receive a fully evidence-based approach to the implementation of acupuncture. This course has clinical reasoning at the heart of delivery, making sure that you’re able to make fully informed decisions on how and when to introduce acupuncture into a client’s care package.

You will need to be a qualified Dentist, or in the final year of training to become a regulated Dentist.

Any questions, please get in touch here. Alternatively, to host your own course get in touch here.

Meet your tutor

Dr. Carl Clarkson

  • PhD, Acupuncture and Women’s Health, Northumbria University
  • MSc, Acupuncture, Coventry University
  • PGCE, Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching, Teeside University
  • BSc, Physiotherapy, Northumbria University
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, HEA
Over a decade ago, I had an ambitious vision – create exceptional learning experiences for healthcare professionals. My career began in 2004 as a Physiotherapist, where a passion for helping people was complimented...
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Day 1

Online learning prior to face-to-faceOnline

  1. Prior to the face-to-face session, you will complete safety lessons on our online platform. You will learn:
  • Contraindications and precautions
  • Adverse events
  • How to deal with adverse events
  1. Needle insertion fundamentals take you through video demonstrations of how we choose needle size, and how we can clinically reason our acupoints choices, no matter which part of the body is needled

  2. An introduction to meridians - the essential map needed to guide you on locating acupoints

  3. Pain physiology and the impact acupuncture has on descending inhibition

Day 2

Face-to-face day 1

A fully practical workshop, looking to introduce and develop basic acupuncture needling skills. Temporomandibular disorder, Neuralgias, Headaches, acute and persistent Oro-facial pain are all covered, with learning consolidated through case study activities.

Day 3

Face-to-face day 2

A fully practical workshop, allowing you to further develop and hone your needling skills. Stress & anxiety, gagging, xerostomia, facial palsy, and burning mouth syndrome are all covered, with learning again consolidated through case study activities.

Day 4

Online learning post face-to-face sessionsOnline

To contextualise acupuncture and dry needling within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), you will access a number of lessons that discuss TCM philosophy through our online platform.

Your assessment, where several mutli-choice tests focused upon case studies, will also be access through our online platform.

Day 5

Post course support

Following completion of your final online training element, you will continue to receive support from Dr. Clarkson via email or tele-conferencing to help guide you when beginning to introduce acupuncture into your usual practice.

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